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May 29, 2015

Brood XXIII, the Lower Mississippi Valley brood, will emerge in 2015

Filed under: Brood XXIII | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 1:01 am

Brood XXIII will next emerge in 2028.

This page was last updated in 2015.

The Latest:

The most popular question in the comments: “how long will they last”. The typical answer is about 4 weeks of singing or less. They sing to meet a mate, and once they mate a few times, they run out of energy and die. Four weeks is the typical time, although this varies depending on the weather. The cicadas will complete their mission faster if there are drier, calm days in with temps in the 80s.

My gallery of photos from Brood XXIII.

The Giant City State Park area of Illinois was loaded with cicadas. This area has all four species. It isn’t easy to tell the difference between M. neotredecim and M. tredecim, but you might notice a difference in the coloration of their abdomens (tredecim is almost all orange, while neotredecim is orange and black). There is also a difference in the pitch of their calls when they are in close proximity, so you might hear an odd dissonance in their calls. M. tredecim pitches lower. I will post photos, videos and sounds later in the week.

There are plenty of cicadas in the Land Between the Lakes area of Kentucky & Tennessee. The best place so far was Kenlake State Resort Park where M. tredecassini, M. tredecula, and M. tredecim are chorusing. The tredecula and tredecim were up in the trees out of reach, but I was able to find a few tredecim (the bigger ones with very-orange abdomens) in the weeds at ground level.

Cold and rain (and road weariness) has prevented me from locating cicadas in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas — I know they’re there but if I can’t hear them, I can’t investigate. I’m headed north to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois. Sun and temps in the 80s should make for good cicada observation. If you’re wondering why cicadas have suddenly become quiet, it’s typically because of cold temps and rain. Generally, these cicadas like it to be about 77F before they’ll fly and sing. Colder than that, and they’ll chill.

I arrived in the Jackson Mississippi area on May 19th around 3 pm. M. tredecassini were chorusing along route 20 west of Roosevelt State Park, and I found an M. tredecim (below) at a gas station. There were plenty of M. tredecassini and M. tredecula chorusing and courting in the woods behind the Mississippi Museum of Natural History. Neocicada hieroglyphica (a non-periodical cicada) was also calling in the woods.

Gas Station Cicada

The 2015 Brood XXIII is well under way! The first photo showed up on flickr, and first sighting (Mississippi) has showed up on the Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly map.

About Brood XXIII:

Brood XXIII, the Lower Mississippi Valley brood, will emerge in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, in the spring of 2015.


The cicada species that will emerge are Magicicada tredecim (Walsh and Riley, 1868); Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000; Magicicada tredecassini Alexander and Moore, 1962; and Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962. These periodical cicadas have a 13-year life cycle. The last time they emerged was 2002. According to John Cooley of Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly, Giant City State Park, Illinois is a good place to observe both M. tredecim and M. neotredecim.

13 Years ago:

Back in 2002, the emergence began in the last week of April, 2002, and ended the beginning of July. You can read what people said about them back in April, May, and June of 2002.

Here are the locations where folks reported the cicadas to Cicada Mania in 2002:

Arkansas: Bayou Deview Wildlife Management Area, Poinsett County, Devalls Bluff, Harrisburg, Holland Bottoms, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Knox Co., Lake Hogue, Lake Poinsett State Park, Little Rock, and Wynne.

Illinois: Anna, Carbondale, Carterville, Chester, Clinton Lake, Marissa and Robinson.

Indiana: Harmonie State Park, Hymera, Leanne, Richland, Sullivan And Posey Counties.

Kentucky: Benton, Calvert City, Gilbertsville, Henry County, Murray, and Paducah.

Louisiana: Bastrop, Choudrant, Grayson and West Monroe.

Mississippi: Alva, Arlington, Booneville, Brandon, Clinton, Corinth, Desoto County, Florence, French Camp, Hernando, Holcomb, Houlka, Jackson, New Albany, Oxford, Potts Camp, Silver Creek, Tishomingo, and Water Valley.

Tennessee: Atoka, Benton, Cordova, Henry County, Huntingdon, Jackson, Lavinia, Leach, Lexington, McNeary County, Memphis, Paris, Savannah, and Speedwell.

Brood XXIII reports from 2002

Report and learn:

All the counties/parishes:

Here is a list of the Counties where Brood IV periodical cicadas have appeared in the past. The data comes from the Cicada Central Magicicada Database.

Arkansas: Bradley, Calhoun, Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marion, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Perry, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, Saline, Sebastian, St Francis, Stone, Union, Van Buren, Washington, White, Woodruff, Yell

Illinois: Alexander, Champaign, Clark, Crawford, DeWitt, Edwards, Jackson, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, McLean, Perry, Piatt, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St Clair, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Williamson

Indiana: Bartholomew, Clay, Daviess, Franklin, Gibson, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Ripley, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Warrick

Kentucky: Ballard, Barren, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Grant, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Hopkins, Lee, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Metcalfe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Warren, Webster

Louisiana: Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, East Feliciana, Jackson, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Pointe Coupee, Richland, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Washington, Webster, West Carroll

Mississippi: Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Benton, Calhoun, Carroll, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, Franklin, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jasper, Jefferson, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tishomingo, Warren, Washington, Yalobusha, Yazoo

Tennessee: Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Obion, Rutherford, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley, Williamson

Brood XIII Map from Marlatt, C.L.. 1907. The periodical cicada. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology.

Marlatt 1907 23 Brood XXIII


  1. Kirk Roth says:

    I saw a hatch of several hundred Magicicada in 2016 in Greene County, Indiana. Would these have been Brood 23 stragglers? If I recall correctly, they were mostly cassini type with some tredecula type.

  2. Marybeth D says:

    I’m in Dickson County Tennessee. They started showing up Sunday morning 6/28. Plenty of them. Not much singing as of yet. It’s been fairly cool at night with patchy rain.

  3. kimmy a says:

    I live in pike county ky an i have started to see a few of these over the last few days ..They have not started singing yet so i am dreading that..

  4. S heer says:

    It’s very very noisy here in my Sevierville, TN
    cabin. Has been for about a week , no let up yet
    Day and night the “singing” is very loud

  5. wendy tennyson says:

    I am puzzled. I first heard a single periodical calling here about three weeks ago and got excited because I’ve been looking forward to Brood 23 and I consider it an amazing spectacle of nature…but it hasn’t happened. During the last emergence we had them by the thousands here in our woods. They littered the ground and the sound was deafening but now this time there’s simply nothing going on! I have heard a few attempts at chorus but I have yet to spot a single individual insect. What has happened to “my” cicadas?? I know the brood is here and have heard reports of them in the counties south of us and I want to know what happened here to the ones on my property. I don’t use insecticides and we haven’t disturbed the land or cleared any trees. Has anyone else had this happen?

  6. Charlotte says:

    I live in Marion, IL. They’re loud, and they’re everywhere.

  7. Ray Downey says:

    Lots of them in my yard in Liberty,Mo. It started 3 weeks ago, and now singing like crazy every day.

  8. Megan says:

    They have taken over Greene and Sullivan counties in Indiana. I mean taken over. You can’t walk outside without 3 of them jumping on you and can’t hear over them while outside.

  9. I am hearing them loudly tonight for the first time In Winnebago County, IL. They are deafeningly loud. Temp is in the 80’s during the day. Haven’t seen them yet during the day, but I am sure I will soon.

  10. RitaAnn~ says:

    I’ve been amazed by the coming up from the ground. I feel bad walking through the yard because I step on them; they crunch. They’re everywhere.

  11. amy says:

    Loud singing. Sullivan County (Dugger, IN/Greene-Sullivan State Forest area) and Greene County (Linton). Very active, seen flying around everywhere.

  12. darin says:

    Germantown, TN, Shelby County, Wolf River area just east of Houston Levee Rd. Very loud, can hear them a half mile away. Started just after Memorial Day.
    I thought it was some sort of very large construction machinery with a high pitch alarm going off.

  13. Kevin says:

    Finally a forecast of low to mid 80* days have Brood XXIII up and running again in Western Kentucky. After an extended period of suppression, it’s good to know that he who sings last sings best!

  14. Walt says:

    They are definitely present at Shakamak State Park, Indiana! I never heard such a deafening sound as I did today at the campground. Amazing!!

  15. Kevin says:

    They are likely peaking in Western Kentucky, but they keep getting interrupted by rain and relatively cool spells. On warm days they are awesome! Their emmergence has been staggered over time so some of the early ones are beginning to die off. There are probably enough late bloomers to keep things humming along for a few more weeks. As an amateur naturalist I love these mass emergences, but its also sad to think that we will all be thirteen years older when this particular brood reappears-or worse sharing the underground with the nymphs!

  16. Steve says:

    I live about 30 minutes east of Nashville and haven’t seen or heard any yet. From the other comments/sightings, maybe we’ll miss them this year. I hope!

    As for what they’re good for, a lot of people at work (from Laos) like to eat them. Yuck!

  17. Keith says:

    We’ve had them since early May in Ouachita Parish, LA. They are starting to die off now and the singing is much quieter than it was last week.

  18. C. Carlson says:

    We have been invaded here in Northeast Kansas, Pottawatomie County. I was just out in the yard and several of our trees, shrubs, lilies and assorted ornamentals are just covered with them. It has been cool and very rainy for most of this month and they are very sluggish. Many have died, probably drowned. So far they are not singing.

  19. Kathy Bradley says:

    Amazing this year! Southwest Little Rock, Arkansas.
    News reports of sound reaching over 100-120 decibels!

  20. Bev says:

    Going on 3 weeks of continuous roar in woods around house in Casscoe,AR. Began south of house and carried to north of house a week later.

  21. areef says:

    in cross cty arkansas cicadas are heard not seen

  22. areef says:

    rrom poinserre to cross in arkansas cicatad’ are heard not seen

  23. Dfletcher says:

    Many cicadas located in Shelby County,TN, especially areas near the Wolf River bottoms.

  24. Carolyn Swaffar says:

    We live in Fayette County TN. The cicadas have been here for two weeks through storms, heavy rain and wind. When will they go home?

    1. Dan says:

      They should be deceased within 4 weeks.

    2. Dan says:

      The adults last approximately 4 weeks.

  25. GBinFayetteCountyTN says:

    The Cicadas are out in tremendous volume here in North Fayette County.

  26. norman hegyi says:

    Iam located just south of Paris,Tn.The singing males are really singing to their girl friends here.Its getting louder day by day,we had some rain but they are just singing away.You have to love mother natures since of humor with these strange creatures every 17 years.

  27. SarahinARK says:

    They’re roaring here in Craighead, AR.. Been at it for almost a week now. I had no idea what was going on until my landlord explained it to me. I don’t remember them being this loud when I was a kid but I have become quite fascinated with them.. I’m guessing they’re the 13 year cicadas??

    1. Dan says:

      That’s correct: 13 year cicadas aka periodical cicadas aka Magicicada.

  28. R. Jackson says:

    They started in Huntingdon TN a couple of weeks ago and the sound is almost deafening at early afternoon. I’ve seen maybe a hundred on a single shrub and they sounded like a lawn sprinkler. Someone described the “big” sound as the mothership and it does sound like something from a science fiction movie. They really haven’t been any trouble but a lot of discarded bits around and a few non survivors. Lived in Memphis for the last one and probably never noticed it as much. In a rural area it’s really something else. Lot’s of rain and cool temps here lately and likely holds them back a bit.

  29. Angie Thiel says:

    I’m 20 minutes South of Linden, Tennessee in Perry County. I live in near a wooded hillside and they are everywhere! They first showed up at the beginning of May leaving their shells everywhere.

  30. In Wall,MS we are in day 5. The only let up from this constant sound has been the rain and the night. I live in a wooded area. Thank you all for the information, it was a mystery at first. Sounded alien!

  31. Shelley says:

    They are emerging here in KC Missouri. They are all over our back yard and falling victim to our pool.

  32. Danielle Johnson says:

    Thousands of them in Logan County Illinois this weekend at Clinton Lake State Park.

  33. S P Vest says:

    Cicadas in Henderson, Tn. Began about two weeks ago. The birds are fat and happy!

  34. connnie says:

    All over Weldon Springs State Park. Some looked like thet had damaged wings unless were newly hatched and had to dry out?

    1. Dan says:

      The shriveled wings happen when they try to shed their skins under unfavorable conditions, including: on horizontal surfaces (their wings need gravity to hang and properly inflate), in crowded areas (crowded with other cicadas), or damage due to wind or rain.

  35. Kay says:

    They are in our trees in Lakeland TN.I’ve not heard them before while I’ve lived here–16 years now. I’m more familiar with those that come later in the summer that start off low and build to a crescendo and then go completely quiet. It’s repeated over and over.

  36. Alex Wellford III says:

    They are out and very loud at Bear Creek Lake, St. Francis National Park, Lee County, Arkansas.

  37. Vera says:

    I found a shell of the 23rd brood on a tree in my clients yard on the outskirts of Jacksonville AR just outside of Pulaski County in Lonoke County last week.

  38. Griff says:

    The roar has been constant for 8 days here in Saltillo, MS.

  39. John Kinder says:

    In Bryant, Arkansas, at Bishop Park they are very loud . Thousands of them are on the trees adjacent to the park.

  40. Brenda says:

    Sorry ! We are in Lawrence County, Il!

  41. Brenda says:

    These things have been here for 8 days and now they have taken over our acreage! You can not step outside without bring several inside on your back, in your hair, etc! How long before they go away?

    1. Dan says:

      About 4 weeks of screaming, and then they’ll die off.

    2. Dan says:

      About 4 weeks of screaming, and then they’ll croak.

  42. Karen & Mike says:

    Cicadas loud and proud in Little Rock.

  43. Sarah says:

    I didn’t realize what was going on when I took my dog out this morning and they were everywhere. I haven’t heard them yet but the are flying all over my back yard and my back patio has several dead ones. Paducah, KY

  44. Casey says:

    these guys are allll over Clinton Lake, IL this weekend!

  45. Robert says:

    They are singing loudly in Pine Bluff, AR in Jefferson County.

  46. katie says:

    Here in Munford, Drummonds,Brighton they are here and loud.

  47. Donna says:

    They have been in the Eros/Chatham area for about 2 weeks now. They are singing loudly! I thought it was the power lines LOL ….I am seeing alot of the “shells” and I have seen about 5 of the insects. Red eyes!

  48. Pam says:

    They are most definitely in mablevale Arkansas. (Saline/Pulaski counties). Very loud. I thought it was car sirens the first day! As long as they stay put in the woods we will all live harmoniously (no pun intended) ha!

  49. tlws says:

    They’re in Gibson County Indiana this year!

  50. Forestene London says:

    The Cicadas are here in Bartlett, TN, Shelby County. They have been in our neighborhood for approximately two weeks. It was a few days before we noticed the sound, but then discovered the Cicadas on the outside of our garage door–they were dead. The noise (although heard from inside of our home)is not annoying to us; we view it as an adventure with mother nature. Names that we are familiar with are Katydid and locust. Are they the same as Cicadas? Also, was there an epidemic in Nashville, TN a few years ago. I do not remember the date or year. Thanks for the opportunity to send a comment.

  51. Forestene London says:

    The Cicadas are here in Bartlett, TN, Shelby County. They have been in our neighborhood for approximately two weeks. It was a few days before we notices the sound, but then discovered the Cicadas on the outside of our garage door–they were dead. The noise (although heard from inside of our home)is not annoying to us; we view it as an adventure with mother nature. Names that we are familiar with are Katydid and locust. Are they the same as Cicadas? Also, was there an epidemic in Nashville, TN a few years ago. I do not remember the date or year. Thanks for the opportunity to send a comment.

  52. Cherish says:

    Perry Co TN here I can hear them but I’m not seeing them yet… I was down by the Mennonite market and heard the unsual sound down the hollars.

  53. Betty says:

    They are loud and proud in Northeast Saline County, AR. Can hardly talk over them when outside. Saw the first few molters on Tuesday this week.

  54. David Oser says:

    I live on Childress road near Clarks, LA in Caldwell Parish. The noise started a couple of weeks ago. I have noticed several dead on the porch …road and in the yard. We thought the sound might be a bee hive in the woods at first until we heard of people commenting on the sound in Columbia and Jena in LaSalle parish. Very loud today as the rain and cooler temps the last few days has muted them somewhat.

  55. Jerry says:

    I am in Oxford Mississippi we had and unseasonable coast nap today about 55° and the cicadas have been quiet all day. I am concerned about them . I am in Oxford Mississippi we had and unseasonable coast nap today about 55° and the cicadas have been quiet all day. I am concerned about them I saw several moving very sluggishly. I wonder how this is going to affect them does anyone know?

    1. Dan says:

      Cold temps make them sluggish. They need it to be in the 80s for them to be really happy, functional and productive. 55 won’t kill them, but it will stop them from flying, singing and mating.

  56. Kevin says:

    Rain and unseasonably cool tempertures have shut down Brood XXIII for now in the Paducah, KY area. Hope to hear from them this weekend as temps. warm back up to a more normal 75-80*.

    1. Dan says:

      I bet. Rain and cold shut them down in Louisiana too.

  57. John Livingston says:

    I first spotted them here in the rural Sibley community about 4 miles out of Choudrant, Louisiana (Lincoln Parish) last Monday morning when I went out on the stoop for my morning coffee. They were all over the stoop, sidewalk, and all the way around the outside door facing. This was my first encounter with them in my life (soon be 78). I had seen some larva under a mat outside where I grow worms about a month earlier but didn’t know what they were. To add insult to injury they are clear cutting timber across the road from us and I’m sure this has displaced thousands; maybe millions. Actually I had heard them before the timber cutting started and thought they were just tree frogs. Now I know better.

  58. Brian says:

    Hundreds everyday in cordova, tn! Showed up about up end of last week. Dexter and berryhill area. Really loud in the middle of the day. Quiet at night. All over car tires, brick walls, driveway and paths, trees…

  59. Jeanetta says:

    55. I live in Memphis near Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. We were invaded by the cicadas last week. They are in the trees, on the ground and on the porchs in the front and the back of the house. It seems like there are millions of cicadas.

  60. Jennifer says:

    in walls, ms near tunica btw, lol. distracted by all the noise

  61. Jennifer says:

    THOUSANDS OF THEM. Constant thrumming during the day (like the mothership is just over the hill) and sound changes at dusk & dark to a well…pretty melody. haven’t seen any shells yet, but have 16 dead ones in my pool 🙁

  62. I have been living in Tishomingo County, Ms. since retiring and this is the second cycle of the Cicadas I’ve seen here and this one seems the greatest. The first one I remember was when I was a kid and we lived in Lincoln Co., Ms. That must have been 5 cycles ago (5 X 13) when I was eight years old and my father owned and operated a small sawmill that he moved from one tract of timber to another that he bought from landowners. I recall going out to his mill and the noise was VERY loud.

  63. Faith says:

    You can hear them and see the start of them in Decatur County, TN. They sound like sirens.

  64. Bridgett says:

    I live in Jackson, MS and I have seen a few of these bugs at my job. I’ve seem a few in the yard. I’ve more of them in birds’ mouths than on the ground. Lol

  65. Sara says:

    I live in Little Rock Arkansas Pulaski county.and thoroughly enjoy the cicadas comeing out they are absolutely everywhere.It reminds me of being a kid again.And my kids are fascinated by them.

  66. melinda says:

    I have never heard anything like this in Lonoke County, AR, they are so loud you can’t have a conversation outside. The woods beside and behind my house are roaring, my husband said it was coming from the trees. I had no idea what it was but had seen numerous live, red-eyed, cicadas around the yard. They are definitely going to keep me inside, I am scared to death of them.

  67. Candy says:

    They are deafening in rural Winn Parish. I cannot stay outside for very long due to the noise.

  68. Mandy says:

    Thanks for the answer,Dan.We are having some sunshine today and although they are still not as loud as a couple of weeks ago,they are singing more now than they have been the last few days.Now I know why it was so quiet.

  69. tania says:

    They are out in Lincoln county Arkansas. My 17 year old daughter asked me last night what is that sound. I told her what they were. She has never heard them that loud before.

  70. Albert Bowen says:

    They’re coming out by the hundreds at our home in Crainville, IL, once it dries out & warms up its gonna be LOUD! At least our songbirds will have plenty to eat.

  71. Mandy says:

    Here in Brookhaven,MS (Lincoln county)the cicada activity seems to be decreasing,at least in my neighborhood and my place of work.I personally first saw evidence of their emergence(shells,emergence holes,and a few adults )on April 28.A couple of weeks ago they were very audible even when I was inside my home,now I have to be outside to hear them and I can tell the numbers have dwindled.The ones that I see that aren’t dead seem a bit sluggish as well.Then again,we have had quite a bit of rain over the last few days,does this kind of weather make them “chill out” for a bit?

    1. Dan says:

      Rain will usually stope them from singing as will lower temperatures.

  72. ARK says:

    Brood XXIII has emerged in Benton County, Tennessee. Several molts are present under leaves and on tree bark. The sound is intermittent but am looking forward to the wall of sound that happens (hopefully). My cat has caught one, he misses brood I from 2012!

  73. Allen says:

    We cannot walk outside without the crunch of a cicada shell. They are everywhere.

  74. Kevin E. Bailey says:

    I can confirm emergence in Livingston Co. Kentucky near Smithland after recent rains. I had to make my dog go inside the house because she thinks its an all you can eat buffet! At least let them mate first, they have been waiting for thirteen years! The males are starting to call.

  75. Kat says:

    Brood XXIII has emerged here in Southern Illinois, with tons of exoskeletons hanging off just about every vertical surface, and the full chorus starting the singing. It is going to be a very loud couple of months…

  76. Bryan says:

    Love hearing them in Corinth, MS!

  77. Kevin E. Bailey says:

    I work in McCracken Co. Ky. A coworker has reported them emerging here today. I live in Livingston Co. Ky. and I hope they are there also. My daughter and I are facinated by them and they are a great food source for my pet turtles!

  78. Rachel M says:

    Have been seeing and hearing red eyed cicadas for over a week here in Madison, MS. The noise is very loud and bothersome when we go outside. Sounds like an alien invasion. Thankfully they are quiet at night.

  79. Mary says:

    Millions of them in oxford, MS, Lafayette county.

  80. Kerri says:

    I have noticed them in Paris TN for the last week ir so. Seeing a lot of them but not really hearing them yet. I was first introduced to them in 1998 in Nashville and sometime in the early 2000’s in northern MD. Yes they are a mess but they don’t hurt anything. They are an amazing phenomenon!

  81. Alexus says:

    There are plenty in Mississippi! I live in Panola county

  82. Dana says:

    Senatobia mississppi. The very loud ( hum ) started 5/16/15 Around 10:30am. Sounds like millions of them. It’s been raining and high 70’s low 80’s

  83. Bertha Wrye says:

    Will cicadas be in Tennessee this year 2015 & about what time in this year..!! I’m hearing different stories..!! Please let me know ASAP..!! Thank you….

    1. Dan says:

      Yes, but not everywhere in Tennessee. Nashville and west. Right now they are in Nashville, Jackson, Memphis and parts in-between.

  84. Lisa says:

    In Booneville, MS, we have been hearing and seeing them for at least a week or maybe longer. Today the sound is deafening. I am not sure if I will welcome this noise for 4-6 weeks! My dog has even retreated to the back of the house to nap!

  85. Rachel says:

    I live in Tishomingo County and work in Prentiss County. I first noticed the noise yesterday but thought it was construction noise because it was so loud. Then I heard it again today in the woods near my house and again at the baseball fields. They are emerging everywhere around our area. Specifically, Booneville, Tishomingo, and Dennis.

  86. Mary Wachenschwanz says:

    I live in Cordova Tn. and they are invading my back yard. Hundreds of them and the more I clean them up many more shows back up. I hate these ugly things! My dog is always eating them so I can’t let him out but only to go to the potty and back in. This is the first time in the 9 years that I have lived here this has ever happened. The cicadas in my yard are not making a sound they are just out there…… Scary!

  87. Anita says:

    May 16, 2015. I am watching about 14 emerged cicadas “dry” within sitting sight on my deck as I sip my morning coffee in the rural Chulahoma/Holly Springs area of Marshall County, MS. It is taking a while as it is a cool rainy morning. In the near distance a constant whirring noise can be heard. It sounds like some sort of alien space invasion. I’m loving it!

  88. Richard says:

    I live in Saltillo, Miss., which is well within the area of these other reports. I have yet to see or hear any of these cicadas. My late wife used to call them “devil bugs.”

  89. Kim says:

    The sound is deafening in Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee. The little buggers have popped out of the ground and cover the houses. We don’t have to buy dog treats b/c the pups are crunching away! It stormed last night and just before it hit, dead silence! They give me the creeps! They’ve been here about a week. I can’t wait for them to go!

  90. Marcie says:

    I noticed them on May 14 in Eros, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. The sound is incredible.

  91. Kim m says:

    I have around 200 of them on my deck tonight ready to shed. Amazing to watch them. I live in so Illinois and just found your info

  92. Carrie says:

    They have arrived in Murray, KY (Calloway County) by the droves. This is just my 6th year living here, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are in the yard & tree and on the front porch by the hundreds every morning. I’m thankful they aren’t eating my flowers or harming anything, but they are super annoying. The emergence started in my neighborhood on Sunday, May 10. So far, I’ve heard no real singing or any sound from them — does that happen later? How long does the actual emergence last? 4-6 weeks? Thanks in advance for the input!

  93. Debby Elston says:

    They are all over my yard, trees and front porch.
    I live in the Southwest Corner of Madison County in Tennessee. Started seeing them on May 12, 2015. I can’t walk in my yard without stepping on them. Hundreds if on more of them. Yuck!!! Don’t like going outside.

  94. Rhonda says:

    They are very loud and numerous first noticed them yesterday! I don’t know if I can stand 3 months of them!

    1. Dan says:

      Don’t worry, they’ll only be around 4 to 6 weeks at most.

  95. tom hoar says:

    They’re singing beautifully at College Hill, north of Oxford in Lafayette County, MS! Casings on almost every bush and tree. We’re as excited as Ayamei.

  96. Ken says:

    Just saw my first one here in memphis. I work in the pest control industry, so im attuned to anything different showing up. Calls have not started yet, though. Past 2 years their calls have been heard in deeper thickets and woods, but no sighting til now.

  97. nicole says:

    They are popping up all over New Albany, Ms. Worst I’ve ever seen!

    1. Dan says:

      You say worst. I say BEST. 🙂

  98. Dan says:

    Kids love cicadas!

  99. Susan says:

    I noticed a very loud unusual noise yesterday that lasted all day. It came from every direction but the thicker the woods the louder the sound. I finally phoned a neighbor and was told the sound was from the periodical cicadas. We live in rural Winn parish in north central Louisiana. I hope they don’t come into yard or house! I have a huge bug phobia! Yes, it’s silly but that’s why it’s called a phobia! Lol. And they are back at it today. Seems they become quieter later into afternoon or early evening.

  100. Mary Taylor says:

    I live in the small community of Manifest in Catahoula parish. There are more here than I have ever saw and I have lived here all my life. They are even getting inside my house!

  101. Dan says:

    A molting cicada:

  102. Dan says:

    Johnny Cash with Cicada backup singers:

  103. Rosemarie says:


    Thank you for the information. Will they appear in Maryland?

    1. Dan says:

      Maryland won’t get them again until 2021 for Brood X.

  104. nancy says:

    They are here in vardaman,calhoun county ms. Very loud

  105. Jason says:

    We have a good number of them in Clinton, MS. We noticed them on May 7th. Also heard them near Canton and Lexington, MS.

  106. Amanda says:

    They are in Lasalle Parish…started a few days ago. Very loud!!

  107. Andrea says:

    McNairy county TN, tons of them, but why would we want them? They just destroy things.

    1. Dan says:

      They only flag branches here and there (which they’ve been doing for tens of thousands of years), and make a mess. Otherwise they don’t destroy anything but peace and quiet. 🙂 Fortunately, they aren’t like true locusts that actually eat plants and are truly destructive.

  108. You can hear them in Grant Parish, and have been told people have seen them in their yards in Georgetown.

  109. Patricia Pace says:

    We are being overrun by these cicadas at our home in the eastern Amite County, Mississippi. The noise they make is deafening and you cannot go outside without
    seeing and hearing them everywhere. How long do they stay above ground?

  110. Dan says:

    In let us know by email that Cicadas are emerging in Pontotoc, MS. Started around May 1.

  111. Graham Bell says:

    Heavy numbers in Copiah county MS along Brushy Creek upstream from bridge on Clegg Road.

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